College Recruiting for TRAC Swimmers

This page is dedicated to helping TRAC Swimmers find a College/University Program that is desirable both athletically and academically to them. Below you will find useful tips and information on recruiting and links to various websites that can help you select the best program for you!


Below are some helpful links, sample letters and general guidelines to assist you in an understanding of the process.  There is a great deal of information available and NCAA rules change yearly so we suggest that the Coach, Athlete, and Parent set out as a team to tackle this process.


Expectations are important and everyone plays a role if this process is to go smoothly.  Ideally your coach has met the college coach, has some prior knowledge of the program, and some experience and judgment whether the athlete, college and team could be a good fit.  This is very important but you must talk to and meet with your coach to discuss this and get his feedback.


The athlete has a good idea where they would like to go, what type of team they would like to swim for, and how they might fit in academically and socially.  Talk with your parents and your coach.


The parents know their child and also know what can be afforded if a scholarship is not to be offered.  Help the coach understand what you are looking for and what you are trying to accomplish for your son or daughter.  All these factors come into play and each party brings some knowledge to the table.   

Here are some major factors to consider in determining the right fit for the athlete

· Location – region of the country, proximity to home, and climate.

· Academic – workload, majors offered, post grad opportunities

· Cost – what is the cost to the family when all scholarships are offered.

· Size – is the school body on campus large, medium or small.

· Coach and facilities – will the working relationship be productive

· College Atmosphere – does the college and surroundings offer what the athlete desires?  Big City vs. Small College town

· Type of Team – Men’s only, Women’s only, Combined, tight knit group,

                                                    Social Setting, and team personality.

It is our desire that this site will help you navigate the process.  Best of Luck!



College Recruiting Information  


Estimated Time Line (beginning HS Junior year)

Mid-April                  Meeting with coach, swimmers and parents to go over process

May 15                     List of 15 potential colleges

May 30                     Go over list w/ Coach Rod

June 15                    All letters mailed including questionnaires sent by college coaches

July 1                       Contact w/ college coaches can begin

August 15                Visits can begin

Mid-November         Early signing closes

November to April   Send update after every major meet

Mid-April                  Late signing begins


Things to Remember through recruiting process

Keep logbook of summary conversations with coaches with date.

Prioritize what you are looking for: swim, academics, weather, fun, other activities, etc.

Check team and school websites (  

Be honest!

The "Interview" on recruiting trip is important - be prepared.

Go through NCAA clearinghouse for eligibility.

Refer all unknown questions to Coach Rod.

Do your research before making a decision.

Save all pertaining websites in "Internet Favorites" for quick access. 


List of Helpful Links for Recruiting Information


(1)     Recruiting Calendars

(2)     Recruiting Section

(3)     Guide for the College Bound Athlete 

(4)     National Letter of Intent

(5)     What is the difference between Division I, II and III?

    (6)     Schools sponsoring NCAA sports

(7)     College Swimming Coaches Association of America   

(8)     College (Website dedicated to NCAA Swimming)